Here’s What a Dripping-with-Flowers Zoom Wedding on a New York City Rooftop Looks Like

updated Sep 23, 2020
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Jasmine and Qahir tied the knot on June 25 on their Brooklyn rooftop.

Back in February, when Qahir Popat bought an engagement ring for his longtime girlfriend Jasmine Rolle and booked an event space with plans for an elaborate proposal in March, he couldn’t have predicted that the world would soon change radically. 

But by mid-March, due to the spread of the coronavirus, New York City had instated a stay-at-home order, and the venue told Qahir he’d need to find a plan B for the imminent proposal. So, two days later, Qahir popped the question in the couple’s Brooklyn apartment with a display of mementos he’d collected throughout their relationship, such as postcards and photos from places they’d visited together. “I don’t think it was what either of us anticipated as the beginning of this chapter for us,” Jasmine says, “but we were both really excited.”

While the proposal itself was a surprise to Jasmine, who works in makeup artist education at NARS Cosmetics, the fact that the couple would get married this year was anything but. Months before Qahir, a product consultant at investment firm BlackRock, got down on one knee, the two had begun planning a Kaui, Hawaii, microwedding for May 2020. They stuck with that plan until April when, with the stay-at-home order still in full effect, they knew it was time to pivot. 

Canceling, though, was not on the agenda. “Our hearts were already invested and ready,” Jasmine explains. So the two decided to push their wedding to June 25, hoping that, by then, the outbreak in New York would be less widespread. For the “where,” they chose the rooftop of their apartment building in an effort to keep things as close to home as possible.

By the time their date rolled around, Qahir’s brother and Jasmine’s mother and siblings were able to fly in from California and Texas, respectively, to join the couple. Meanwhile, nearly 100 other family members and friends from near and far—including Qahir’s parents and relatives who live in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates—received invitations with a link to watch the wedding on Zoom, a feat made possible by what may have been the world’s longest ethernet cable. “We live on the ground floor, so we ended up ordering an ethernet cable that we threw over the side of our building and into our apartment through the window to give us internet on the roof,” Rolle says with a laugh. 

On the morning of their wedding, the pair got ready separately. Jasmine’s mother, Amy, helped the bride steam her two-piece Prea James getup, while Qahir donned a tie made in Kenya and borrowed from his brother, as well as a linen suit jacket from Reiss. 

Minister Matt Dallow of Eloping is Fun officiated.

Five floors up, an altar featuring towering tropical arrangements awaited the couple, who requested Brooklyn Blooms design florals inspired by their abandoned Hawaiian wedding. In the end, between the urban backdrop and newly added decor, the look was a seamless blend of both settings. “We planned to do our wedding overlooking the ocean, but the skyline was a pretty good alternative,” the groom says.

Jasmine walked down the aisle to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole before Matt Dallow of local planning firm Eloping is Fun officiated the couple’s ceremony, weaving in stories and inside jokes from Qahir and Jasmine’s seven-year relationship. “It made us laugh and it made us cry,” Jasmine says. The minister and musician also busted out his accordion, which added an element that was “totally unique and cool,” the bride says.

After their short-but-sweet ceremony, the Popats took their first dance to Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s “Stuck with U,” a song that the bride felt perfectly captured the couple’s time together this year. Then they cut into a small cake baked by Brooklyn-based bakery BCakeNY and mingled with loved ones over Zoom. The bride’s mother gave a toast, as did the groom’s sister, Elahe, who joined seven hours ahead from Nairobi, where the wedding had begun around 11 p.m.

The couple and their family closed out the evening chatting over a three-course dinner gifted by the groom’s family and prepared by Chef Jeffrey Pearson in the newlyweds’ small private garden. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more incredible, and it took the stress off of that part of the day,” Jasmine says.

As for whether the lovebirds feel bummed about canceling their original plans? Not a chance. “[The wedding] was everything I could have asked for and more,” the bride says. “It was so easy that all I could do was smile the whole time.” 

Plus, the two can now revisit the buzz of their wedding day anytime they want simply by riding an elevator a few floors up. “The roof is where we work out,” Jasmine explains, “so it’s funny because now every time we go there, we’re like, ‘This is where we got married!’”

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